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November 25, 2009

Follow the Fleet Essay Competition #Ireland #Maritime #curriculum #schools

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donnette E Davis @ 10:00 am
Follow the Fleet 2009 -2010 Follow the Fleet Schools Essay Competition
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) is running a new competition for its 2009-2010 roll out of the “Follow the Fleet” schools programme. The schools essay competition is sponsored by Transas, a world leading Irish based maritime navigation systems company. is the IMDO educational website that aims to bring the world of maritime adventure, imagination and education to the class room. The program which is now in its third year is being used by over 400 schools around Ireland and is used in classrooms as a teaching aid for the SESE Curriculum.

The competition will be centered around three key topics that are all interlinked with the lesson chapters and Captain’s logs published on the Follow the Fleet website. The three topics are:

  • Maritime History.
  • Maritime Trading in Ireland.
  • Technology and the Mariner.

The word limit for each themed essay is 500 words and entries are encouraged to include pictures or photos if choosing this category to support their essay.

Competition Prizes

We are offering five amazing prizes for the winning entries which will be judged by a panel headed by RTE Marine Correspondent Mr Tom McSweeney.

First prize & the overall winning class entry and class teacher as judged by the Follow the Fleet essay panel will receive:

  • A laptop for the winning classes’ teacher
  • 2 handheld plug in and play movie cameras for the winning class.
  • Animation and narration of the winning story by actor Aidan Dooley of ‘Tom Crean – Arctic Explorer’ fame and hosted on our Follow the Fleet You Tube Channel.
  • A free trip to the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork where the class will be shown the facilities and find out what it is like to be on the bridge of a ship in the NMCI state of the art Ship Simulators. (Lunch & transport supplied to the winning class)

There will also be Runner-up Category Prizes and a prize for the best registered Home Schooled entry

How to Enter?

Register your class for the Follow the Fleet Programme by logging onto

All details of the competition and entry forms are available on-line by logging onto:

The deadline for the entries to the competition is the 29th of January 2010

Find out more on how you can integrate Follow the Fleet into your classroom SESE lessons by logging onto the FTF You Tube Channel:

Contact marketing or call the IMDO on 01 476 6500 for more information on joining the Follow the Fleet programme.



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